I am a retired Tx teacher, age 57. In 2005, I had fusion surgery at T11, T12, L1, L2 and was successful. Now, for the last year my lower back pain has been unbearable at times. Just had a CAT Scan done last week followed by a MRI. The radiologist wanted to rule out cancer when they spotted a dime sized lytic hemangioma on L5. They ruled out cancer...many prayers answered...but told me I have no disc left between L3 and L4. I have an appt. with my back surgeon in three days in Dallas. I live 4 hours away. I am currently on 3 10 mg. Hydrocodone daily which does not help the pain anymore. They have tried Lyrica and Cymbalta on me....bad side effects. The tests revealed spinal stenosis, DDD, spinal arthritis, etc. I have gotten to the point where I will do anything to relieve the pain. Ice packs more than heat tend to alieve the crippling pain for a few minutes. Hydrocodone makes me hyperactive; therefore, I cannot take it at night. I do not know what my surgeon will suggest. My hometown doctor does not believe a back shot will help...I will try anything at this point. I had the spinal shots three times before my first surgery. I just need a friend/friends that understand back pain. It has turned a usually happy Nana into a grouchy wife. Hugs to all of you.